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April 24, 2014

High School Student Brings TEDxYouth Event to Columbia

Most people by now have heard of TED talks where leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about.  Our next guest is involved in a TED offshoot event for youth known as TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC.

Mike Swizer interviews Kevin Rabinovich, an 11th grader at AC Flora High School, who is the founder and director.  This year's TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC is April 26th at IT-ology.

April 25, 2014

Part of South Carolina Suffers in the “Southern Crescent”

Our next guest says that the Southeastern United States could become a much more powerful economic engine if it could figure out a way to keep its best and brightest people from continuing to abandon its poverty-stricken rural communities.  He says the affected areas combine to create a huge crescent-shaped region across the south that his organization refers to, in fact, as the Southern Crescent.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Brack, president of The Center for a Better South.

April 28, 2014

S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

April 29, 2014

Unemployed Tech Worker Reconfigures Success

A Navy veteran and Clemson University graduate, our next guest spent 11 years in the information technology field working with mainframe computers, and then he lost his job when the company he worked for migrated to a new network, eliminating his position. As he searched for jobs, he discovered that even with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems, he needed to update his technical skills and certifications. He found some financial aid, enrolled at Greenville Technical College, and on the same day he graduated, he updated his LInkedIn profile, and within three hours, received a phone call for a job interview with a local company. Within 24 hours, he had two job interviews lined up.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian McClure, who is now with CompuCom, a contractor for BMW's North American headquarters in Greer, S.C.

April 30, 2014

New Standardized License Application Helps Business

Getting a business up and running can be a daunting challenge. Getting financing, establishing a business plan and getting the necessary government licenses and permits can be very confusing. For businesses that have people working in multiple cities and counties, securing the needed business licenses can be especially time-consuming.  To remedy this situation, our next guest's organization has collaborated with others around the state to create a standardized business license application, which she says makes the entire process much more business-friendly.

Mike Switzer interviews Reba Campbell, Deputy Executive Director of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

May 01, 2014

When Is the Right Time to Begin Taking Social Security?

As the Baby-Boomer generation continues to age, a larger and larger segment of the population is moving into the Social Security phase of their lives. And our next guest says they continue to be confused about when to start taking those distributions...62, 65, 67, 70?

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner in Greenville, S.C.

Social Security Links:

Social Security resources and additional information
www.ballentinecapital.com  

General information on Social Security
http://socialsecurity.gov/ 

Income Taxes and Your Social Security Benefits
http://www.ssa.gov/planners/taxes.htm 

Social Security Benefit Calculators
http://www.ssa.gov/planners/benefitcalculators.htm 

Retirement Benefits Brochure
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10035.pdf

May 02, 2014

South Carolina Economy Continues to Roll

South Carolina's economy continues to roll along in 2014.  Joining us this morning to give us the details is the guy who compiles our state's economic statistics.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

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